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Ataahua 2016 Chardonnay


The grapes that produced this rich and full bodied chardonnay are grown on 20 year old Mendoza clone vines in the warm dry Waipara Valley. This wine was fermented and matured for 9 months in seasonal French Oak barrels. With full malo-lactic fermentation, it shows a complexity and fullness of flavour typical of the Chardonnay from this Waipara vineyard. The intensity and richness of flavours in this wine make it a perfect partner to scallops, crayfish, and a huge variety of chicken dishes.

4.5 stars

$30.00 $28.00



Michael Cooper – New Zealand Wines 2017

Note: This review is for the 2015 vintage:
The 2015 vintage is fragrant, with a slightly buttery bouquet. A high-flavoured, sweet-fruited wine, it was barrel-fermented and given a full, softening malolactic fermentation. Mouth-filling, with generous, peachy, slightly spicy and mealy flavours, a hint of butterscotch and good complexity, it is well worth cellaring, but already delicious.

91/100 Wine Orbit , Sam Kim

A beautifully refined chardonnay, the elegantly lifted bouquet shows nectarine, lemon pith, almond and oatmeal characters with a hint of flinty complexity. The palate is delicately fruited and finely textured, and offers excellent mid palate weight, brilliantly structured by juicy acidity. The wine is restrained and complex, and offers engaging savoury flavours. At its best: now to 2020.